Ridgeview Health Care undergoing renovations
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 23, 2013 | 1331 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ridgeview Health Care Center has undergone an extensive renovation over the past three months. The project has included fresh coats of paint as well as new furniture and medical equipment. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
Ridgeview Health Care Center has undergone an extensive renovation over the past three months. The project has included fresh coats of paint as well as new furniture and medical equipment. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
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Ridgeview Health Care Center has undergone an extensive renovation over the past three months, and more changes are still to come.

The entire interior of the facility was recently painted and color coordinated by a designer from Atlanta.

The rooms now have new curtains, windows, blinds and bedspreads, as well as new furniture such as electric beds, nightstands, dressers and over-the-bed tables.

Currently, a covered drive-through is being constructed at the entrance of the facility to protect patients and visitors from inclement weather.

The lobby and receptionist area will also be overhauled in the coming weeks.

Ridgeview was built in phases from 1962 to 1998.

Joe Kelley purchased the facility in 1977. Joette Kelley Brown, Kelley’s daughter and the current owner/president of Ridgeview, came onboard in 2008.

Brown’s sister, Alicia Kelley Stewart, served as project manager for the recent renovation.

Brown said the family decided three months ago that a facelift of the facility was both necessary and would be fun for Ridgeview’s residents.

“Eventually, I would love to have a brand new facility in this county. I think it’s needed, but since that isn’t possible right now, I wanted to update everything we have to make it like new,” Brown said.

She added that the excitement in the air was obvious the day that a convoy of transfer trucks pulled up to the front door.

The Ridgeview team took their place on an assembly line to get the old furniture out and the new furniture in.

“The next day, they (residents) were coming up and giving us hugs, saying ‘Thank you so much. It was like Christmas.’ It was like Christmas for us to be able to give back to them,” Brown said.

The staff also received new equipment such as medical lifts and kiosks to go on the outside of each room.

“Every department had a wish list, and we tried to provide it,” Brown said.

Ridgeview is currently a 148-bed facility that offers long-term care as well as short-term rehabilitation.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, Brown and her management team will take over the day-to-day operation of Ridgewood Health Care Center, also located in Jasper.

Ridgewood has also been included in the recent renovation project.

The merger of the facilities under one management team will bring the total operation to 246 beds and 375 employees, which will make Ridgewood/Ridgeview one of the largest employers in the county.